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Subject: I am perpetually behind the times...
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 9:26 AM ET
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When it comes to Stephen King, I'm never reading the newest (or even third or fourth newest) of his books.  I'm still getting through vintage King (The Stand, The Shining, etc).  Anyone else a decade or so behind the time with me?

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 12:10 PM ET
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To be honest, Vanessa, I prefer most of his older books to many of his newer works.  So I haven't read too many of the new ones by preference.  Don't worry, you only have thousands and thousands of pages before you're caught up!  :)

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 7:56 PM ET
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I remember times where I read a new King instantly after it got published. Nowadays I'm far behind. I haven't read Bag of Bones, Cell, Everything's eventual, Lisey's storyy and Duma Key yet.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 11:01 AM ET
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I just started reading Stephan King this year, I'm way behind, so far I've only read Geralds game and I'm in the middle of The Dark Half.

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 12:41 PM ET
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Amber, you've got a lot of good books coming up but I'm tempted to recommend to stick to the older novel first. :-)
Date Posted: 7/10/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I agree with Kirstin. Read the older ones. I've been disappointed with his recent works.
Date Posted: 7/11/2008 6:06 PM ET
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I have to agree also.  It's like there are two Stephen Kings - the earlier King who drank & partied while writing most of his finest horror.  Then he got sober, had that bad accident and his whole writing style seemed to change.  Not that I'm saying it's bad that he got on the wagon -  you won't live long with that lifestyle - but he sure wrote some  spooky stuff back then.

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 6:40 PM ET
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When did he write things like Misery, Everything's Eventual Different Seasons and Pet Sematary?  I've read those and they were all good, are they early or late King?

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 2:08 PM ET
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I totally agree with the majority opinions here - the older ones are better.  I started losing interest after Needful Things.  That story had children and animals (dog) getting hurt - that really bothered me.

I. also, really liked some of his stories that aren't horror: The Body (Stand by Me), The Shawshank Redemption.  The man has a amazing imagination.  I wonder what it's like to be inside his head!

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 12:58 PM ET
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Donna said:  That story had children and animals (dog) getting hurt - that really bothered me.

Call me a baby, but (although I like his stuff overall), that's one thing that I really dislike about many of King's books - if there's an animal in the book, you can be pretty sure that it's going to die, probably in a nasty way.  He doesn't mind killing off kids, either.  I noticed that in Koontz's books, if there is an animal or a kid, they usually end up being one of the heroes of the story.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 12:05 PM ET
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I totally loved The Dark Half!!!!